Misplaced Loyalties: Part I – Sources

First, Some Sources: Regarding translations: The translations of Biblical verses are usually the King James Version The translations of the Bavli Talmud are usually Sefaria.org. (Note that I did not necessarily review or agree with the translation). Since I have not found an open-sourced quality translation of the Rambams, Midrashim, Yerushalmis etc – all such translations are my own. על פי התורה אשר יורוך ועל…

Misplaced Loyalties: טעה במצווה לשמוע לדברי חכמים

A Preface. I’ve often encountered a challenge when writing about topics that interest me – where I start writing without realizing how involved the topic and how much time it will take to write something accessible to a general audience. As such, recently I’ve tried to write really short self-contained blog posts. So it’s with some misgivings that I start writing about an extremely involved…

A Change of Scenery: Avraham’s Journey

If you don’t change direction, you may end up where you’re heading. Chinese Proverb (attributed to Laozi – probably falsely IMHO) The Question Part: Our sages tell us that when it says in Parshas Bereishis אלא תולדות שמים וארץ בהבראם – it means that the heavens and earth were created “for Avraham”. But you don’t have to resort to Talmudic homily to appreciate this, you…

Same Ubuntu, With MATE

I’ve installed a variety of Linux distributions (distros) as virtual machines in VirtualBox and I am experimenting with them. That said, if I can avoid changing distros and rebooting Linux from scratch, losing all my programs, files and configurations, that would be ideal. ( Of course, I would back up my files and can reinstall the programs, but its still kind of a hassle. )…

Is It Time For A New Distro?

While I haven’t made a big deal about it or discussed it here, I have switched over to Linux over a year ago. I started out dual booting Windows and Linux, then, when I got a new computer and it was time to sign the licensing agreement with Microsoft, I was like, “screw this”. I’ve totally uninstalled Windows and have used Linux ever since.  Until recently using…

If It’s A Dig, It Had Better Be Clever!

Some recent talk about whether certain remarks were “uncalled for” or too aggressive – I am reminded of one of my favorite teshuvos from Rav Yosef Trani (16 Century Greece). The question, as I understand it, is about a certain fellow who is upset at several Sephardic communal leaders who had some of the members of their community counted amongst the Romanian community in the king’s…

Some Thoughts at the End of 5778

This will be my third Rosh HaShana since I left Kollel to go to work. Since I left the structure of spending fourteen hours a day studying – I’ve found it really hard deal with certain questions of priorities and time management. I feel like in the working world, we’re constantly having to define our values and aspirations much more so than in Yeshiva or…

DoYY is Moving

Hello Friends! I’d like to inform you that I am moving my blog to be hosted on here on Github . I’ve decided I’d rather not continue paying for hosting. I’m still building up the Github/Jekyll blog from scratch, so it’s still a little rough around the edges. In the future, I intend to make posts shorter and more “tech” related. I hope to get…

Sefirah and LagBaOmer Part III

To recap here is a general timeline of the development of the mourning customs during the days of Sefiras HaOmer: Some time during the first century CE Rabbi Akiva’s students all die during a period between Passover and Shavous Sixth Century The talmud records the story as an example of Rabbi Akiva’s teaching that if you taught students when you were young, you should teach…